Grace stumbled across Indianapolis-based food photographer Stacy Newgent’s work a couple of weeks ago and we were immediately captivated by her portfolio. We were even happier when she said she’d share her grandmother’s recipe for Apple Dumplings with us! We hope you enjoy this as much as we did- Happy Cooking! -Kristina
About Stacy: Stacy is a freelance photographer living in Indianapolis, IN. Although she shoots a variety of subjects she am happiest photographing food and restaurants for cookbooks or editorial assignments. Her blog can be found here: Swell Photo Blog.
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Apple Dumplings - makes 6 large dumpling or more smaller ones
- 6 apples cut up and peeled (I sliced it in the photos)
- Whipped cream for serving
Pastry… (or you can use readymade pie dough if you want to cheat)
- 2c (250g) flour
- 2t (10g) baking powder
- 1/2t (2.5g – a big pinch) salt
- 6T (85g) butter + extra for the filling
- ¾ c (180ml) milk
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Work in butter and add milk- then mix until dry ingredients are well moistened. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead until smooth. Roll dough out to 1/4” (a little more than 1/2 cm) thick and cut into 6 squares, or smaller squares to make more.
Put a few apple pieces onto each square along with a dash of sugar and a pat of butter. Fold the corners inward to make a square, making the corners overlap in the center, as in the photo. Put into a baking dish.
- 2c (400g) white sugar
- ½c (110g) brown sugar
- 2T (15g) flour
- 1/2t salt
- 2c (470ml) boiling water
- ½c (114g – one stick) butter
- 1t (5ml) vanilla
Stir sugars, salt and flour together in a pan. Stir in boiling water, add butter, vanilla and place over low heat until the sauce begins to thicken a bit.
Pour ¾ of the sauce over the dumplings and bake at 400 degrees covered for about 30 minutes- then pour the rest of the sauce in and sprinkle with crushed almonds- bake uncovered for another 15 minutes until brown. Serve right away with whipped cream…
Why Stacy chose this recipe…
I am actually a terrible cook. If I’m eating at home the menu is always really simple and doesn’t call for a lot of cooking. So this was a challenge for me, but my grandmother taught me to make these when I was young so I thought I could pull it off- plus they are really tasty. I should say that my grandmother adds cinnamon to the sauce and the apples, but I like them better with vanilla in the sauce and no cinnamon.